Italy has Europe's richest, craziest culture. After all, this nation is the cradle of European civilization established by the Roman Empire and carried on by the Roman Catholic Church. As you explore Italy, you'll stand face-to-face with some of the world's most iconic images from this 2,000 year history: the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, the medieval Leaning Tower of Pisa, Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Venus, the playful Baroque exuberance of the Trevi Fountai and the elegant decay that surrounds the canals of Venice. Beyond these famous sights, though, Italy offers Europe's richest culture. Traditions still live within a country that is vibrant and fully modern. Go with an eye open to both the Italy of the past and of the present. Italy conferences will be providing an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in Emerging Technological Innovations in Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Management. In 2018 Meetings International will be hosting 6 conferences in Italy.
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Italy Economy is the 3rd largest national economy in the Eurozone, the 8th largest by nominal GDP in the world, and the 12th largest by GDP. The country is a founding member of the European Union, the Eurozone, the OECD, the G7 and the G20. In 2016, Italy is 8th largest exporter in the world with 520USD billion exported. Its closest trade ties are with the other countries of the European Union, with whom it conducts about 60% of its total trade. Its closest trade ties are with other countries of European Union and with whom it conducts about 59% of its total trade. The largest trading partners, in order of market share, are United Kingdom 4.7%, France 11.1%, Switzerland 5.7%, Germany 12.6%, United States 6.8%, and Spain 4.4%. Italy’s main export partners are France, USA and UK while its main import partners are the Netherlands, France and China. Manufacturing is the most important sub-sector within the industry sector. The country’s manufacturing is specialized in high-quality goods and is mainly run by small and medium sized enterprises. Most of them are family-owned enterprises. Agriculture contributes remaining share of total GDP and it employs around 5.0% of the total workforce.
Italy has a diversified industrial economy: the Northern regions are the industrial engine for the Italian economy. The main sectors are: food, textiles, machinery, iron and steel, clothing, footwear and ceramics. The Southern Regions, on the contrary, are much less prosperous and there is a clear economic gap between north and south, where the economy is based on small enterprises mainly agricultural and manufacturing, and the tourism sector. The main exports of the south are engineering products, food, especially olive oil, wine, beverages, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals; minerals and nonferrous metals.
Education in Italy is compulsory from 6 to 16 years of age and is divided into five stages: kindergarten, primary school, lower secondary school, upper secondary school and university. Italy has both public and private education systems. Education is free in Italy and free education is available to children of all nationalities who are residents in Italy. Italy has both a private and public education system. However, the quality of the public schools & universities are also quite high similarly to the private schools & universities. Study in Italy is an exciting opportunity to pursue a university degree or to spend a semester of study abroad, while also experiencing first-hand the culture of beautiful, vibrant and dynamic Italy. This country surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea in southern Europe, offers a variety of activities that will make you stay there an unforgettable experience.
Research and Development activities are carried out on national level by different players both from private and public sectors. Italy Researchers is supported mainly from public funds allocated by the Ministry for Universities/Associations and Research as well as from other central bodies, e.g. the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health etc. Public funding may derive from national expenditure and regional sources. Basic research plays as important a role as applications-oriented research. This also applies to collaborative projects with the Italian companies and the research institutes. European funds and grants contribute largely to research and innovation activities. In Italy private investment may come from business and from leading national associations. Italy is one of the countries worldwide that invest the most in research and development. In 2016, Almost 72 billion euros was the massive sum invested in research and development in Italy. Higher education institutions are further important players in research. They spend more than 21 billion euros to this end, conducting research across the entire spectrum of science.
Italy is the largest EU country located at the heart of the continent and is therefore an important transport hub for east/west and north/south routes. Italy is generally easy and efficient, thanks to the country’s excellent rail network. There are long distance bus companies but no national bus network. The train is almost always your best option in Italy. In small villages and rural areas there's almost always a local bus to get you to bigger city services than you might find in a small village, but the limited scheduled times are for locals and are often inconvenient for travelers.
Italy has produced some of the most brilliant minds. Some of these stalwarts include Carlo Rubbia, for particle physicist and inventor who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Simon van der Meer in 1984; Mario Ramberg Capecchi for molecular genetics and a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza for population genetic; Riccardo Giacconi for X-ray astronomy; Carlo Rovelli for physicist and writer who has worked in Italy.
Italy is the fifth most visited country in international tourism arrivals with 50 million tourists a year 2014. People mainly visit Italy for its rich culture, cuisine, history, fashion and art, its beautiful coastline and beaches, its mountains, and priceless ancient monuments. Italy also contains more World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world. Home of the Italian Riviera, including Portofino, Sanremo, and of Cinque Terre. There are many historic cities in this part of Italy: Turin, the manufacturing capital of Italy, Milan, the business and fashion capital of the country and the important port of Genoa are the most popular tourist destinations of the area. Other important tourist destinations include the Amalfi Coast, Ravello, Benevento, Caserta, Salerno and Pozzuoli. The natural parks of Abruzzo, the greenest region in Europe include the Abruzzo National Park, the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga the Maiella National Park and Sirente-Velino Regional Park which attract thousands of visitors due to more than 30 protected Nature Reserves and the presence of 75% of all Europe's living species. Tourism is one of Italy's fastest growing and most profitable industrial sectors, with estimated revenue of €189.1 billion. Attend Meetings International conferences in Italy and get an opportunity to explore its attractions.